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Treat Yourself: DIY Honey Beauty Recipes

Honey is a natural humectant, and is full of antioxidants and nutrients that make it an awesome product choice in your hair and skin care regimen. In its purest form honey is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Click To Tweet

The natural hydrating and anti-aging properties of honey attract, trap and seal moisture, rejuvenate the skin, cleanse the complexion leaving it soft and supple.

 

It’s no wonder we see tons of skin care products like bath and shower gels, face creams, moisturizers, body scrubs and even products for babies containing honey.

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Here’s how you can treat yourself with honey at home:

BATH

  •  4 tbsp of whole milk powder and 2 tbsp of honey make an excellent skin-softening bath.

BODY

  • Mix 2 parts honey and 1 part baking soda and apply as a body exfoliant. Massage all over and rinse thoroughly.

FACE

  • To make a moisturizing face mask, mix 1 tsp of honey, 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp oil (almond, jojoba, coconut…whatever floats your boat) and 1 tsp yoghurt. Apply on your face, neck and other parts of your body. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with water. You skin will feel moisturized and polished with tightened pores.
  • Mix with coconut or jojoba oil and apply to skin as a cleanser. Massage into skin, avoiding eye area and rinse.
  • Following your normal face cleansing routine,  smear warmed honey on your face and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and splash with cold water to seal your skin and trap the moisture.

HAIR 

  •  Mix ¼ cup of honey with enough fresh water to make a paste (add in little by little). After shampooing apply to damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • To boost moisture even more AND add shine to your hair, mix 1/4 cup of honey with warmed coconut or olive oil and apply to freshly shampooed hair. Let sit for up to 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Do you have any other DIY beauty recipes that contain honey??

 

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Natural Hair|| Six Tips for a Healthy Scalp

We’ve heard it a million times, healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp….the reason we keep hearing this is because it’s true. Growing a head of healthy hair doesn’t come from a jar, tube or bottle of the newest, best product on the shelf, it starts with healthy habits from the inside out.

Here are six tips to help you have a healthy scalp:

pretty african woman have fun with her curly hair1. Keep it clean – dirt, product buildup and skin cells actually inhibit hair growth. Cleansing your scalp regularly allows follicles to “breathe” and hair and grow unobstructed.

2. Massage – rubbing, kneading and applying pressure to the scalp warms the skin and allows the blood vessels to open, thus increasing blood flow to the hair follicles. This conditions the scalp, helps strengthen the roots and promotes growth.

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – Drink water!!! A dehydrated body has dehydrated hair follicles. Just like a plant, ensure your body is hydrated so your roots can flourish.

4. Eat as much of the rainbow as you can – instead of relying on vitamins to provide the biotin, protein and iron to have a healthy scalp (and grow healthy hair), eat fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, avocado, beans, kale and broccoli to get be the healthiest version of you.

5. Get your heart pumping – Exercise that causes you to break a sweat gets your blood flowing, including to the scalp. (remember the massage benefits?) Exercise is a stress reliever as well….because stressed, lifeless hair is a no-no.

6. Tension-free hairstyles – traction alopecia is hair loss caused by excessive  tension being applied to the hair. Ensuring that your weaves, braids, and buns don’t hurt (that means they’re too tight), will allow your hair to grow with being damaged from tension.

If you want to have healthy hair, you gotta start at the root...literally. Click To Tweet These tips will definitely help you have a healthy scalp, grow healthy natural hair and be healthier all over.

To your Beauty,

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Natural Lifestyle || How to Find and Keep Your Happiness

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands….

Eckhart Tolle says, “The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”

Here’s how to find and keep your happiness:

  • Don’t be Selfish – share the love! When you do for others you bless yourself. Click To Tweet
  • Be Good to Yourself – you can’t pour into anyone else until you fill your own cup. Treat yourself with the utmost respect.
  • Be Productive – enjoy doing something you love; if you don’t know what that is, take some time to do some soul-searching and figure it out….we guarantee that you’ll find it.
  • Stay Focused – Follow One Course Until Successful. Take time to celebrate every achievement, even the small victories, they will keep you going.
  • Master your Domain – piggybacking off #4, pursue excellence in whatever you do, and enjoy your journey to becoming the master of your domain.
  • Own your Power – we’ve heard the saying” don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.” You don’t have to wait to be “given permission” to change your circumstances and be happy; you have the power to change your life, OWN IT.
  • Sanitize Your Circle – take stock of who’s in your circle — do you have a Needy Nancy or a Debbie Downer? Are you the person everybody calls when they need something? The time will come when you’ll need somebody to help you get through something, surround yourself with people that hold you up and lift you higher.

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Hopefully these tips have inspired you to find and keep your happiness; for happy people are the awesome-est. If you have your own Be Happy tips, share them!

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Healthy Hair Benefits of Hibiscus

Hibiscus refers to a family of flowers known as Chinese rose, monarch rosemallow or Japanese lantern, and provides a variety of benefits for the hair.

Hibiscus is full of amino acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and alpha Hydroxy acids along with other nutrients.

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The healthy hair benefits of hibiscus include:

  • adds shine
  • softening to boost manageability (easier detangling!!)
  • conditioning to prevent dryness and premature hair fall
  • natural color (can be mixed with henna)

Dried or ground up hibiscus petals can be added to shampoo, conditioner to boost its effects, or made into a paste for a deep conditioning mask.

If you’re not the DIY kinda person, check out these hibiscus-containing products that you can buy online or at your neighborhood drug store:

Hibiscus is a natural hair care powerhouse that would be a great addition to your regimen. You can even make your own hair tea, see how Mo makes her lavender and rosemary blend in this video.

Hibiscus is a natural hair care powerhouse that would be a great addition to your regimen. Click To Tweet

Curlfriends don’t let curlfriends be uninformed – share this info with your curly BFFs and let them know you care…about their hair :-).

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Natural Hair || Runway Curls City Afro Install

Hey there! It’s me Mo!

In the latest edition of the 6-Month Protective Style Journey I share my recent install of Runway Curls City Afro hair. I chose the City afro hair because I wanted some flexibility with styling, and I was immediately attracted to the City Twist styles that I saw using this hair.

Enough chit chat, check out the video:

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I look forward to having you on the journey!

Mo